Birth and Postpartum Doula


Fiona Cottrell is a birth and postpartum Doula serving the Hudson Valley including Saugerties, Kingston, Woodstock, Rhinebeck, Red Hook, Catskill and Hudson.

About Fiona Cottrell

I was born and raised in the south-west of England. I came to America in 1984 and settled in the Woodstock area.
In 1991 I gave birth to my daughter. It was a profound experience that I will always carry with me. It gave me the opportunity to learn a lot about myself. That experience led me to becoming a Doula in 1999.

The moment I learned about doulas I knew I had found my passion! I have enjoyed all the jobs I have ever worked, but being a doula is the most rewarding and challenging work I have ever done! Being on-call, staying up all night, keeping a positive attitude and "giving my entire self" for hours can be physically and mentally challenging. But ultimately a new family is born and I am privileged to be a part of that experience. Each birth is its own special story. Every birth is truly a miracle.

I have a great family and a garden that I enjoy working in. When I'm not attending births I like to work on my house, cook and search for information and training to expand the scope of my practice.

My training over the past 18 years has enabled me to pass along valuable information to women. Together we unite in the truth, knowledge and strength of all women who have birthed their babies.
A mom places her trust in me and I have faith in every mom. The relationship is a beautiful two-way street.

Doula Training

In 1998 I became interested in being a Doula. After much reading and research I decided to take the doula training course sponsored by D.O.N.A. in Ormond Beach, Florida in January of 1999.
I began my practice in 1999. Since that time I have attended dozens of seminars covering all aspects of birthing. I have taken seminars with my birthing heroes; Ina May Gaskin, Pam England, and Suzanne Arms among other wonderful teachers and practitioners.

Additionally I am trained in;
HypnoBirthing. (under Marie Mongan) 2001
Birthing From Within. (Pam England) 2006
CLC (Certified Lactation Counselor) certificate in 2008.
Certified Holistic Doula. 2015 The Matrona Holistic Birth Doula. Whapio, midwife.
Reiki practitioner level ll
Basic Life Support (adult & infant) certified 2017

And special thanks to local doula Mary Riley who was my initial mentor and has influenced and encouraged me over the many years I have known her.